IAEA says Iran implementing its nuclear deal commitments

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The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog is due to visit Iran on October 29 for talks with senior officials there, as opposition from the United States threatens to undermine a landmark global agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.

"Ladies and gentleman, I am very happy to come to your country again", Amano told reporters during a press conference held at Iran's nuclear agency.

"The IAEA can state that the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented", Amano noted, adding that IAEA monitoring would continue to be conducted "in an impartial and objective and stringent manner".

Earlier, the IAEA chief met Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran. Amano is determined to play his important role in this sensitive period, he said.

"We have built missiles, we are building some and will continue to do so because it does not violate any global regulations - not even the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231" endorsing the deal, Rouhani said.

In negotiating and signing the nuclear deal with the United States, Rouhani frequently clashed with more conservative forces in Iran who opposed any cessation of the country's nuclear weapons program.

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President Trump has consistently attacked the deal, and recently refused to certify that Iran is living up to its end, although he did not pull out of the agreement as he has threatened to do.

A country that has signed an worldwide and multilateral agreement does not have the right to deal with it in whatever way it likes, Rouhani said, referring to the US administration's treatment and interpretation of the deal.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that he could not imagine the United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, and stressed during a week-long trip to Asia that diplomacy was America's preferred course.

"We hope that given Iran's full cooperation in recent years, the agency will declare its final conclusion about the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program as soon as possible", he added.

Under the deal, Iran is allowed to enrich uranium to low levels of 3.5%, which can be used to power reactors.

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